The global LafargeHolcim Group understands the challenges and concerns of the communities in which its subsidiary companies operate. Each branch of LafargeHolcim is encouraged to actively engage with their surrounding communities to share value and knowledge. LafargeHolcim Tanzania does this through its Building Materials Centre and training programmes.
The presence of the branches in various locations around the world means that the group has directly contributed to increased employment, infrastructure development and local procurement worldwide. More than 90% of the LafargeHolcim Group’s 112 000 suppliers are from local markets in their respective countries, including Tanzania.
LafargeHolcim engaging with local communities
Around the world, there are currently 15 million people benefitting from LafargeHolcim programmes. This number has been achieved in the last four years. In 2018 alone, the LafargeHolcim Group spent 47.8 million Swiss Francs (~109.5 billion TZS) on community programmes across the globe. Around 8700 employees have spent 60 000 hours of their time training and volunteering in various programmes in their communities.
In addition to working with local communities, LafargeHolcim also engages with stakeholders at all levels; from customers and investors to employees and suppliers. The group also interacts with local media, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education institutions and local regulators.
LafargeHolcim prides itself on its local supply chains. Being a global company with high standards, the group searches for local suppliers that meet specific targets and operate within the law; pushing these suppliers to improve their quality and standards.
The group identifies and inspects the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact of suppliers to ensure that they are qualified to work with LafargeHolcim. This ensures that suppliers are responsible when it comes to environmental, social and personnel issues. The majority of these suppliers are independent contractors, but the rest are raw materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers and packaging suppliers.
Managing human rights and labour standards
LafargeHolcim has developed a human rights management system that categorises countries into three segments; low, medium and high business risk. This system is based on the United Nations’ Human Development Index and the Freedom House Freedom in the World Index.
In countries that have a medium-to-high risk assessment, LafargeHolcim institutes a mandatory remediation plan that ensures employees and communities are looked after. The most common issues that arise are inadequate working conditions and negative impacts of operations on the surrounding communities.
By the end of 2018, the LafargeHolcim Group has successfully carried out 41 full impact assessments out of 59 countries. Of these countries, 25 are considered to be high risk and 20 are medium risk. These assessments allow LafargeHolcim to improve community standards and employment conditions at all of its operations around the world.
LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.
LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.
At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.